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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Stayed here last year and had a lovely time. A great location as its near enough to the strip to comfortably walk but far enough away that your not going to be kept awake and 7am. This hotel is perfect for groups of girls and couples, if your looking for a friendly place to stay which has a great pool, good food, and nice staff....this is the place to be.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank NaomiShaw11
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

Malia is known for its nightlife - for its 18-30's groups that it attracts and our holiday didnt show anything less to be honest, however the Socrates was truly a step away from the Mayhem.

Our booking entitled us to an "escort" from Heraklion airport, air-con & safe all included within our price, first impressions upon arriving were quite simply "wow", it hit all the right buttons. Room had two balconies, one looking into the surrounding mountains, the other overlooking the pool. So off to find whats near, have some food and just enquire a little further with some things to do.

George & Eva were more than welcoming, advising on things to do, places to eat and organising our pickup, drop off, our "kart hire" and generally ensuring everything with our holiday was as expected. Agapi on the bar cooked up a storm with drinks and possibly the finest Club Sandwich on the Island as a light lunch snack.

The pool was large enough with Ample sun loungers for anyone and everyone to dive on, with wifi here and there, and even a pc to use should you want to quickly check e-mails etc or tell the world how great it is.

Socrates was all of 5 minutes from the main strip, a fantastic beach and no more than 10 minutes from the charming taverna's of old town or the "lighter" night life of Stalis.

It was off the beaten track "a little" but not too much, shops within easy walking distance, we enjoyed ourselves so much and we are looking to return as soon as possible. Many thanks to all the fantastic staff, fantastic location that made for an unforgettable stay.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank carlideal
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

We stayed at the Socrates for two weeks at the beginning of October having stayed once before in September 2008. The season was nearly at an end so it was quite quiet and some places had already closed but this was not a problem as there are so many bars and restaurants in Stalis and Malia. The Socrates is in a great location a short walk from Malia Old Town where you will find some nice Tavernas selling good traditional Greek food along with an international menu.
The apartments are of a good standard and have a nice pool area. We had a small problem with a water leak in our room and were moved to a lovely room with two balconies giving us a pool view and a mountain view.
The owner and her staff were pleasant and friendly. We had a great stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank OutOfTheValley
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Perfect location on edge of Malia/Stalis so if you want the crazy level of Malia nightlife, of the more laid-back approach of bar-life in Stalis you can;t lose

The apartments themselves are lovely and clean and all the hotel staff are fab - very friendly throughout the whole of our stay.

we had a 2 bed apartment for 4 of us, with two balconies, just perfect for a morning breakfast with great views either side of sea or mountain.

A lovely pool & gardens which never got too busy - lovely for a hungover snooze in the sun!
The kitchenette was slightly small for 4 people but not too bad as we mostly ate out on our balconies.

Nearest supermarkets were just 5 mins away for regular stocking up of food and drink supplies.
Glad that we werent on the main stali-malia road as the constant buzzing of people on Quad bikes would have really grated for a whole week.
About a five minute walk from the beach and the infamous Malia strip so no real noise to complain of at night.
And stalis is five minutes in the opposite direction for lots of relaxing bars and lovely restaurants.

If we ever go to Crete again would definitely stay here again -
Perfect location - away from the annoying noise of hairdryers on wheels but close enough to everything you could need!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Thank you first to Soula, the owner of the Socrates, for her kind consideration to our personal requirements and requests, and also to Mary and the other cleaner for their excellent and courteous service.
This was our second visit to the Socrates apartments having discovered in 2008 its excellent facilities and how central its situation for touring eastern Crete. The convenience of local facilities for all our self-catering needs - a reasonable Spar supermarket is a 10-minute walk to the Malia main strip providing everything from fresh meat, fruit and veg to bread, cheese and olives was icing on the cake.
Don't be afraid of self catering here. Pack up a huge salad with wonderful cheeses, fresh bread and olives followed by juicy oranges and fragrant apples for your picnic lunch: rustle up a couple of bolognaise, a chilli and a chicken curry to pop in the freezer for a deliciously quick evening meal. Who needs to trek out again after a hard day's touring when exhausted and quite desperate to put up ones feet with a cool glass wine on the balcony. So much more convenient to pop your rice / spaghetti on the hob and your ready-prepared meal made with superb local ingredients into the micro?
However, should you wish to eat out a la Grecque at a reasonable rate and still have the energy for the15-minute walk, old Malia is so worth a visit. The tavernas in the square around the church where the local villagers gather in the cool of each evening are simply wonderful and so atmospheric. Please, please, don't bother with the disappointment of Malia beach road main strip which is full of MacDonald-type eaters and Irish bars and which are no cheaper than the real thing. Anyway, what's the point of travelling all that way to eat chip butties?.
Do also take a couple of mornings to relax on the beach at Mike's bar opposite the island with the little church - free sunbeds and no pressure to eat / drink (but be courteous enough not to take your own nibbles to munch - only water). Mike offers a warm welcome and excellent personal service - all free of charge - but his little bar and eatery are quite irresistible and a coffee at 2.50E will not break the bank.
For exploration further afield the excellent bus service is a 5-minute walk away to take you east to Aghios and beyond, and west to Iraklion .... at very reasonable rates.
For larger parties or for more extensive travelling hire cars are cost effective at around £170 for a week inclusive of everything except fuel (the same price as England). Book in advance or, in late season, for 'special offers' October when you arrive.
The National road is good east (just past Gournia) and west (we ran out of time to venture further than Knossos).
The road from Malia to Lassithi is good but climbs rapidly from Malia with massive 'drops' and (further on) a few hairy hairpin bends!!!!!!!!! - but wide and tarmaced and well worth the trip in order to stroll round Krassi and the next little village further on (very Crete). Take time to walk the back lanes, to breathe in the scents, and absorb the space, views and peace as you travel up to the plateau.
It is important to note that when travelling in country areas please be aware that the villagers are very welcoming and, should you be offered anything, do accept the gift gracefully with the usual 'effaristo' (thank you). Cretans are exceptionally appreciative of the courtesy of any effort tourists make in using their language, especially in the villages - so bone up on a few essential phrases as a matter of courtesy before you go and don't be afraid to use them liberally.
Do your best to fit in trips to Knossos (and the Heraklion museum); Aghios Nikolaos museum (don't lean on the glass cabinets or touch anything!); Kritsa (touristy but still lovely) - together with a visit to Panagia Kera Church (with our regards to the handsome and informative George the curator from Kritsa) and its frescos, and the fabulously situated (easily accessible) hillside palace of Lato. Try not to miss Spinalonga, embarking (on a fine day) at Aghios for the best all round guided boat trip (at circa 15E); and the interesting ruins of the Minoan town of Gournia - the Pompei of Crete - combined with a dip in the isolated but easily accessible bay at Pachia Ammos (just before the road climbs precariously on to Sitia).
Our plan was to drive to Zakros on the south coast and to stay overnight which sounded just wonderful, but time (and confidence in the road - even for Cretans!) inhibited our plans. We are however advised that an airport is planned for Aghios Nikolaos which should open up that area more safely - so maybe a future treat?
Finally, do make time to walk from the Socrates out to the lovely ruins of Minoan Malia palace but make sure you choose a cool day ........ or take a taxi.
I do hope that my little 'travelogue' will help you get a flavour of eastern Crete - although I warn you not to stay in the Malia region 'in season' for fear of being driven mad by the incessant day-and-night noise of roistering roughnecks. Certainly October is the best month we have found, although it is apparently even lovelier in Spring ........

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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